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TRENDING TOPIC FOR TUEDAY, APRIL 25TH: Trump’s administration is sending mixed signals on securing funding for his border wall in the current budget negotiations. We leave you with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s comments on the budget that must get approved by Friday to avoid a government shutdown.


CONG. ROS-LEHTINEN ON THE ISSUES: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen spoke with Roberto Rodriguez-TejeraJuan Camilo Gomez and Maria Fernanda Silva about the federal budget and the new healthcare bill, on “Contacto Directo” on Actualidad 1040 AM.

They first discussed the possibility of a government shutdown if Trump does not agree on a budget that does not include funding for the border wall, and Gomez asked whether this could happen. Ros-Lehtinen said, “I don’t think so. We have seen this movie before and it is the same, the budget in Washington is normal and is very common. I can’t say that I support this tactic, he appears to want what he wants, when he wants it. Congress works this way sometimes, but we always have a limit. If we go down that route, on Friday, at midnight, the money from the budget will have run out and we would be closing certain operations for the government. I think now Trump has learned what it means to govern. In this budget he wanted a sort of down payment of $1.5 billion dollars. That is a lot of money and what we might do is have a one week budget plan and speak to Trump to convince him not to insist on this wall, and if we can’t manage to do this by Friday then we will be here next week to discuss the budget for a few more months. I know that the people don’t like this kind of legislating, but this is how Congress has to manage one crisis after another, so that we can find solutions to real problems. I don’t think that we are going to have a government shutdown. I believe that we are going to be able to get this budget in by Friday. We will have a budget in place for another week and we are going to fix this.” Silva then brought up how Trump had also attempted to strong arm Congress with the healthcare bill and asked if she supports spending for the border wall. Ros-Lehtinen said, “well the president is finding out that keeping campaign promises is much more difficult once you are in office. Many of the members of congress who live on or near that boarder are against this wall, because they know that it is not really going to have any positive effect. However, they understand that it was a campaign promise and he has to comply with that. I am not going to vote for that. I never said anything about any wall and how much it would cost. If he wants that wall, he is going to have to do it without my vote.” Rodriguez-Tejera asked about the new healthcare bill and how one of the things that could change is no longer providing insurance to those with preexisting conditions, and that states can create a fund for it individually. He wanted to know if they were going to vote on a new healthcare bill soon and asked Ros-Lehtinen about her position in regards to the plan. The congresswoman said, “well I don’t think that we are going to vote on this plan, but that it will be formally presented this week. Right now, this plan doesn’t resolve the problems for the people in my district and they are still going to be paying more for coverage. The new plan would make the elderly or people that have preexisting conditions pay more for insurance. As I understand it, those that have these conditions are going to be put in a different department and it is called the High Risk Pool. So they will have a plan that costs a lot more money and it won’t really offer them any real coverage.”

Click here to listen to Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen’s complete interview.


TRENDING #TUITS – JETER & JEB!

Miami Herald Sports‏ @HeraldSports  April 25
Marlins expecting to finalize $1.3B deal to sell team to Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter group http://hrld.us/2pirghy 

Craig Pittman‏ @craigtimes  April 25
Marlins owner agrees to sell team to #Florida Man @JebBush & Derek Jeter, add exclamation point to name. http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/mlb/miami-marlins/article146669364.html …

Lauren Pastrana CBS4 @LaurenPastrana  April 25
“I believe Jeb and Jeter are just fine.” @MayorGimenez is on board with the possible sale of the @Marlins. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/04/25/report-group-led-by-jeb-bush-derek-jeter-wins-bid-to-purchase-marlins/ … @CBSMiami

Doug Hanks‏ @doug_hanks  April 25
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Doug Hanks Retweeted Mike Hernández @HernandezMA5:

.@MayorGimenez thinks @JebBush owning Marlins would be good for @MiamiDadeCounty. Can’t confirm if reports are true though.


SOS VENEZUELA: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz discussed South Florida leaders coming together to show their support for Venezuela, on “Noticiero del Mediodia” on Caracol 1260AM.

Diaz talked about the situation in Venezuela and the protests against Maduro, and how some have lost their lives just for defending their rights. Regarding a meeting with South Florida leaders to show support for the Venezuelan people, Diaz said, “the meeting went well. The majority of the local elected officials, including commissioners and mayors, were present, and those that were not able to make it, called and showed support. The elected officials here are fully aware of the atrocities that are happening and the lack of human rights in Venezuela, all because of dictator Nicolas Maduro. He does this to his own people. He is imprisoning protesters just for being against him. As elected officials we understand that we must do what we can to help our brothers and sisters of Venezuela. We have many people who live in our county, in the Doral area and Brickell, that come from Venezuela. We have residents, citizens and even those that come here to visit.” He continued,  “we need to do what we can to send the message and that is what the meeting was about. We can’t stand by and continue to let this happen. We are looking for a way to reach out the president and make him aware of the situation, and ask him to impose the necessary sanctions against Maduro. The United States needs to do everything possible to make sure that we find a way to stop what is happening in Venezuela.” Diaz concluded talking about there is scarcity of many basic resources in Venezuela, including food and medicine, and the importance of stopping this regime to help Venezuelans however we can.